The Tennis SA Awards night was held on Friday evening at the Memorial Drive Tennis Club with over 200 guests in attendance. Overseen by funnyman MC Dave Webb and with special guest speaker Todd Woodbridge the evening was a great celebration of talent, emerging talent, and service to a sport that is so intrinsic to the psychie of the Australian culture.
Of special note to Unley was the announcement of the Coach of the Year, awarded to Unley’s Own, the Goodwood Saints Tennis Coach, Ben Milner. It was said of Ben:
Ben is passionate, committed and enthusiastic about the game of tennis and its development. His philosophy is, “to care, give my all and get the students to fall in love with the game of tennis.” Ben is aprofessional in the area of junior development – He is a strong advocate for the development of the ANZ hot shots program as an important part of a young players progress, he is actoively involved in the Super 10s program, he supports development camps, has travelled extensively interstate with players and teams, regularly achieving great results. Ben has also put his two assistant coaches through the Junior Development course. Recently announced as a finalist for the Coaching Excellence – Talent Development award at the 2014 Newcombe Medal, Ben is an obvious and worthy joint winner of our Coach of the Year award.
Ben was a joint winner with Andrew Waters.
As a Vice Patron of Tennis SA, I was honoured to present the Gwen Thiele Trophy to Chloe Hule as the most outstanding under 18 female player in SA. Chloe’s achievments over the past 12 months are: played in 8 International Junior Doubles finals this year with her sister Petra.These were achieved in New Zealand, Australia & Thailand. Competed in the Australian Open Juniors 2014 in both singles and doubles.
To find out more about Tennis SA, their courts and how to get involved visit their website here.
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